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US recessions harm take-up of liberal arts degrees

Study finds that students choose to major in subjects that are "more challenging" in bad economic times

Students’ unions in the higher education marketplace

Megan Dunn, NUS president, on the need for universities and students unions to work in partnership

Student reading report speech

Lifestyle benefits of university key factor in boosting applications

Report finds that reassurance about finance made school pupils significantly less likely to want to progress to higher education

Top 100 books to read before leaving school: what do academics think?

Reaction to TES list – as chosen by teachers – is mixed

Loan, money, savings

OBR should examine student loans system, says panel

Independent Commission on Fees concerned by high write-off rate and impact on ‘squeezed middle’

The week in higher education cartoon (30 July 2015)

The week in higher education – 30 July 2015

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

AC Grayling, writer and academic

Southampton Solent to validate £18K New College of the Humanities degrees

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution

Freedom of speech

South African student leader spared sanction for Hitler comments

University of Witwatersrand describes statements as 'abhorrent' but defends freedom of speech

Young couple trying to help a man get onto his horse

Teach students to be nice to improve equality, suggests study

Improving students’ ‘spiritual and moral growth’ is only solution to growing social barriers in higher education, say scholars

Man and woman seated, drinking alcohol

Half of universities lack formal guidance on sex harassment

NUS study highlights shortcomings in policies and training to tackle ‘lad culture’

Wealth disparity (illustration)

Affluent children reach top universities no matter the system

Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage

smiley, laugh, happy, funny, silly, face, faces

The hidden silly side of higher education

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world

George Osborne

Proposal to force current students to pay more for loans ‘cynical and immoral’

Government attacked by Hepi president for backtracking on pledge to increase loan repayment threshold

Small child and man eating at table

Would students accept fees varying by subject?

Epigram editor Zaki Dogliani explores whether students would accept different prices for different courses

Men using home-made radio, Liverpool

Campus close-up: Tinkering helps to dial in the joy of learning

Making radios in London Met’s masterclasses gets children on the university wavelength

Trekkers crossing river, Tarkine rainforest

Why do students study so far from home?

Nick Hillman examines the endurance of the boarding school model of higher education

Silhouette of people building scaffolding

How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

As a vague policy commitment moves towards reality, Jack Grove assesses the potential ways and means

Yellow and black rubber ducks

Hefce to ask for data on outcomes of access and attainment schemes

Lack of evidence is ‘increasingly untenable’ with TEF gaining traction, says funding council

Person's head, cogged wheels, brain, mental health

Funding fears as mental health demand soars

Hefce study shows 132 per cent rise in number of students reporting a mental health problem

Number of German students in UK drops for first time since 2007

Report attributes decline to UK government trebling tuition fees 

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